Under-18s to host open training session

With the 2023/24 season just around the corner, Falmouth Town under-18s are holding an open training session on Thursday, July 6 for any players wanting to join the county’s top under-18s side for the forthcoming campaign.

As well as being Kernow Youth Football League champions and the last Cornish side standing in the FA Youth Cup last season, six members of the squad made the most of the strong links with the club’s senior teams and enjoyed competitive minutes with the first team.

Led by manager Dave Turner – who holds a UEFA B Licence and FA Youth Award – the under-18s play their home games at Bickland Park on Monday nights, giving players the opportunity to sample the atmosphere at one of Cornwall’s most historic grounds – backed by Cornwall’s largest fanbase.

If any players are interested in joining the team, come along to the two-hour session at Falmouth School 3G on July 6, which runs from 7pm to 9pm.

Should players wish to come to the session, they or a parent/guardian should get in touch with Turner beforehand via 07807 385833 to arrange attendance.

Triumphant under-18s receive championship medals

Falmouth Town under-18s finally had the chance to celebrate their Kernow Youth Football League championship triumph when they were awarded their winners medals at Bickland Park on Wednesday night.

The triumphant squad, which clinched the league title by four points from nearest rivals St Blazey, had won the championship on May 13, and eventually received their medals six weeks later – finally bringing the curtain down on a memorable campaign.

It has been a whirlwind 12 months for Town’s under-18s team, which was only re-formed last summer under the stewardship of head coach Dave Turner.

The team quickly made their presence felt and swiftly became the last Cornish side standing in last season’s FA Youth Cup, defeating Ilfracombe Town and Elburton Villa away from home before giving National League outfit Torquay United an almighty scare in a close-fought 3-1 defeat at Bickland Park.

Attention swiftly turned to their maiden Kernow Youth League campaign, and Town took to the challenge like ducks to water with Turner’s side dropping just seven points all season, winning all eight of their home games in the process.

An exciting title race came down to Town’s final game at home to second-placed St Blazey. Anything other than a win would have given either Blazey or Helston Athletic the chance to snatch the title, but goals from Coen Briggs, Alfie Hicks and Connor McCarthy clinched a 3-0 win and confirmed a memorable title for Town.

Sharp-shooting forward Olly Pickup found the net 11 times to land the top goalscorer award, while Toby Fletcher’s efforts between the sticks at the other end earned him the manager’s player of the season prize.

Connor McCarthy’s performances caught his team-mates’ eyes as he claimed the players’ player award, while forward Jos Plummer was named the team’s most improved player.

The team also wishes to thank main shirt sponsors Fuel Specialist Services and training shirt sponsors Salmon and Collett Building Services for their support throughout the season.